Basic Attributes Test (BAT): A Preliminary Comparison between Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Officer Training School (OTS) Pilot Candidates
Technical rept. Jul 1986-Aug 1989
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX
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The Basic Attributes Test BAT battery is a set of computer- administered personnel tests designed to assess a broad range of attributes believed to be related to flying training performance. The original battery consisted of 15 tests that measured psychomotor coordination, cognitive and perceptual abilities, and personality and attitudinal characteristics. This report focuses on the development of interim score profiles for eight of the BAT tests for Reserve Officer Training Corps ROTC and Officer Training School OTS pilot candidates. Comparisons between the two groups indicate that although the OTS group consistently scored higher on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test AFOQT than did the ROTC group, the two groups scored very similarly on the BAT battery. A factor analysis was performed to provide insight into the ability domains assessed by the BAT battery. The six factors that emerged suggest that the eight tests are fairly independent. Finally, research regarding the utility of the BAT battery for pilot selection and classification is reviewed briefly and suggestions are made regarding future development of the test battery. Keywords Aptitude tests Basic Attributes TestBAT Cognitive test Computer-administered testing Factor analysis Personnel test.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations